Like many of you, I'm 100% at home right now. Working from home, writing from home, eating at home, and generally not leaving the house except for a weekly grocery run!
To alleviate boredom, sometimes it's fun to listen to podcasts while doing things like laundry, working out, the dishes, or any other task that occupies your hands but not your brain.
There are a number of newer food history podcasts out there, so I wanted to share some just in case you weren't familiar.
1. A Taste of the Past
Linda Pelacchio has been hosting "A Taste of the Past" over at Heritage Radio Network since 2009. She interviews chefs, food writers, and food historians. And with over 300 episodes to choose from, she'll keep you entertained for a long time.
Gastropod is another of the more established food history podcasts out there, and hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twiley have great rapport as they look at some of the fun (and usually relevant) food histories out there. New episodes every two weeks.
3. The Feast
The Feast is hosted by medievalist and academic food historian Laura Carlson. Started in 2016, there's lots to love here, so dig in!
4. The Fantastic History of Food
Hosted by cookbook author Nick Charley Key, this brand new podcast (started in 2019) already looks like a fun one.
5. Victory Kitchen Podcast
My new Instagram friend, author Sarah Creviston Lee (another Sarah!) has started a Victory Kitchen Podcast, which is quite good. In it, she focuses on food and rationing during World War II. Only five episodes so far, but all fascinating and her supplemental blog posts are excellent.
6. Florida Oranges: A Colorful History
Erin Thursby, author of the book, "Florida Oranges: A Colorful History," has a podcast based on her book! Launched last year it's a deep dive into the history of Florida's orange growing industry. Not as polished as some of the other podcasts, but still worth a listen.
What do you think? Did I miss any? And of course, if you get really bored, you can listen to old episodes of History Bites. I promise as soon as the book is done, I'll get back to podcasting!
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Sarah Wassberg Johnson has an MA in Public History from the University at Albany and studies early 20th century food history.
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